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Why Study Women in 'Q' with Sara Parks

Dr Sara Parks introduces the text that lies behind the gospels of Matthew and Luke – to which we give the name ‘Q’. In turn, this allows her to study what this text says about women…

From  Simon Barnett on August 1st, 2018 1 likes 53 plays 0  

Why Study The Aftermath of the Flood in Genesis 8

Dr Tarah van de Weile examines the Genesis story of the aftermath of Noah’s flood. She shows us the complexity of the storyteller’s design and how he want to convey the goodness and order…

From  Simon Barnett on July 31st, 2018 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Why Study Moral Rationalism in Islamic Law

Dr Ali-reza Bhojani one of the key questions about morality that confronts theists: is the Good what God commands, or, is what God commands ‘the Good’?

From  Simon Barnett on July 31st, 2018 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Why Study Another Finitude

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) made the theme of finitude, human finitude, central to his philosophy: humans have ‘being towards death.’ In this video Prof. Agata Bielik-Robson challenges…

From  Simon Barnett on July 31st, 2018 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Why Do Muslims Believe in Moral Rationalism?

Dr Ali-reza Bhojani introduced the notion that the basis of morality is not simply based in the acts of divine revelation, but is inherent in the moral order that human beings find within themselves.

From  Simon Barnett on July 31st, 2018 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Remembering the Reformation 1517 - 2017

2017 marks the five-hundred anniversary of the beginning of the European Reformation. As part of a series of events to commemorate this event which has done so much to share modern Europe and…

From  Simon Barnett on May 10th, 2017 0 likes 16 plays 0  

How did the Reformers view their own History? with Alan Ford

The reformers were faced with many challenges, but one that is often forgotten was the need to justify their actions historically. How did it come about that the church needed reform? To what image…

From  Simon Barnett on May 8th, 2017 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Why Study the Fin de Siècle with Frances Knight

Prof. Frances Knight, an expert on the religious history of the late nineteenth century, examines the religious dimension of the cultural movements we associate with the term ‘Fin de…

From  Simon Barnett on March 28th, 2017 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars;Thanksgiving in the United States of America with Dr Simeon Zahl

Dr Simeon Zahl describes his experience, as an American, of celebrating a relatively modern festival: Thanksgiving in the United States of America.A similar video from the Sacred Calendars…

From  Simon Barnett on November 11th, 2016 0 likes 13 plays 0  

Why Study Theology with Alison Milbank and Tom O'Loughlin

Joe Scales – and undergraduate in the department – asks two of his teachers why they study theology. There are as many definitions of theology as there are theologians – and here…

From  Simon Barnett on October 10th, 2016 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; Religious Literacy

Joe Scales – and undergraduate in the department – asks two of his teachers why they consider it so important for people in general (not just a few experts) to have a basic religious…

From  Simon Barnett on October 10th, 2016 0 likes 2 plays 0  

#a-z of theology; A is for Analogy of Being

Prof. Tom O’Loughlin examines what is meant when theologians refer to ‘the analogy of being’ (analogia entis). Other videos that look at the same topic include; Why Study the…

From  Simon Barnett on October 10th, 2016 0 likes 1 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; Irish Reformation

For over forty years the question of why the Reformation did not gain significant traction in Ireland in the sixteenth century has fascinated historians. In this video Prof. Alan Ford introduces the…

From  Simon Barnett on October 10th, 2016 0 likes 1 plays 0  

Why Study The Israelite Identity with Carly Crouch

Identity is an important topic in seeking to understand a religion. It expresses itself in culture, rules about food, marriage, dress, and views of the divine. In this video Dr Carly Crouch looks at…

From  Simon Barnett on September 26th, 2016 0 likes 7 plays 0  

#a-zoftheology; X is for anything

Prof. Tom O’Loughlin examines how the use of ‘X’ in everyday discourse is similar to the way that the word ‘god’ is used in Christian theology. Other videos in the…

From  Simon Barnett on September 23rd, 2016 0 likes 9 plays 0  

Objects of Belief; An Esther Scroll with Rabbi Mendy Lent

Rabbi Mendy Lent discusses with Prof. Tom O’Loughlin a precious item found in many Jewish homes: a copy of the biblical Book of Esther in its original form as a scroll. Mendy Lent gives an…

From  Simon Barnett on September 20th, 2016 0 likes 2 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; Shavuot with Rabbi Mendy Lent

Rabbi Mendy Lent explains the significance of attached to the festival of Shavuot which takes place 50 days after the celebration of Passover. It was this celebration which was continued by the early…

From  Simon Barnett on September 20th, 2016 0 likes 3 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; Rosh Hashanah with Rabbi Mendy Lent

Rabbi Mendy Lent explains the significance of the festival of Rosh Hashanah to the Jewish people. This festival represents the start of the Jewish New Year. Other videos you may wish to watch…

From  Simon Barnett on September 20th, 2016 0 likes 3 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; Purim with Rabbi Mendy Lent

Rabbi Mendy Lent tells the story behind the festival of Purim when Jews still celebrate their deliverance at the time of Queen Esther – as found in the Book of Esther in the bible

From  Simon Barnett on September 20th, 2016 0 likes 1 plays 0  

Why Study Phenomenology and The Turn to Religion

Conor Cunningham introduces the work of the French philosopher Michel Henry (1922-2002) and the contribution that he made to theology. Henry’s work, he argues, can be seen as an attempt to draw…

From  Simon Barnett on June 22nd, 2016 0 likes 2 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; The Jewish Year - an overview with Mendy Lent

All religions use time as a central element in the way they celebrate. They have a sacred year – a sequence of festivals arranged in an annual cycle. Here Rabbi Mendy Lent introduces the…

From  Simon Barnett on March 3rd, 2016 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Seminar and Lecture Series; What is theology: telling the story with an apple with Conor Cunningham

Dr Conor Cunningham tells the story of the ways we can look at an apple. A piece of fruit, a quick healthy snack, but also the starting point for a more involved understanding of the universe and why…

From  Simon Barnett on March 2nd, 2016 0 likes 9 plays 0  

Why Study Plutarch and Delphi with Judith Mossman

Plutarch (A.D. 46 – c. 120), from Chaeronea in Boeotia, was one of the most prolific Greek writers of antiquity and his work is exactly contemporaneous with the period of the earliest writings…

From  Simon Barnett on February 11th, 2016 0 likes 11 plays 0  

Why Study Nostra Aetate with Archbishop Kevin McDonald

Archbishop Kevin McDonald discusses with Prof. Tom O’Loughlin the significance of the Roman Catholic statement on that church’s view of other religions, and especially how the Catholic…

From  Simon Barnett on February 11th, 2016 0 likes 13 plays 0  

Why Study The Place of Religion in Medieval Studies with Christina Lee

Dr Christina Lee, Associate Professor of Viking Studies in the School of English, examines the central role played by religion in medieval societies, and argues that an understanding of the religion…

From  Simon Barnett on February 10th, 2016 0 likes 2 plays 0  

Why Study Disability and Disease with Christina Lee

Dr Christina Lee, Associate Professor of Viking Studies in the School of English, looks at how disability and disease were viewed by Christians during the Middle Ages. She uses evidence that comes…

From  Simon Barnett on February 10th, 2016 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; Protestants vs Catholics in Ireland

Professors Alan Ford and Tom O’Loughlin look at the problems today – both for society and religion - that the legacy of older disputes between Catholics and Protestants throw up. They ask…

From  Simon Barnett on January 12th, 2016 0 likes 3 plays 0  

A-Z of Theology; Q is for Q

Prof. Tom O’Loughlin introduces the document known in studies of the gospel as “Q”. Q refers to the material that is common to the gospels of Matthew and Luke (apart from the…

From  Simon Barnett on January 12th, 2016 0 likes 3 plays 0  

A-Z of Theology; K is for Kitchen

Prof. Tom O’Loughlin reminds us that one can think of religion in terms of the activities of the study, the library, of a temple: books, ideas, philosophy, and formal historical narratives. But…

From  Simon Barnett on January 12th, 2016 0 likes 3 plays 0  

A-Z of Theology; E is for Eucharist

Professor Tom O’Loughlin points out a complexity in the use of the word ‘eucharist.’ It is usually thought of as just a technical name for a ritual – the ritual practiced…

From  Simon Barnett on January 12th, 2016 0 likes 7 plays 0  

A-Z of Theology; C is for Creed

Professor Tom O'Loughlin discusses the various meanings of the word 'creed' in Christian discourse. #a2zoftheology

From  Simon Barnett on December 3rd, 2015 0 likes 11 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars;Hanukkah

Rabbi Mendi Lent, who lives in Nottingham, describes the origins of the feast of Hanukkah and how it commemorates the time of the Maccabees and what it means for Jews today: lighting a flame is a…

From  Simon Barnett on November 26th, 2015 0 likes 4 plays 0  

A - Z of Theology; D is for Disciple

Prof. Tom O’Loughlin examines the various meanings of the word ‘disciple’ in early Christian discourse. #a2zoftheology Other videos you may wish to watch include; Why Study...the…

From  Simon Barnett on November 19th, 2015 0 likes 2 plays 0  

Why Study Finite Life - A Challenge to Martin Heidegger with Agata Bielik-Robson

Agata Bielik-Robson, Professor of Jewish Studies, looks at the notion of human finitude and offer a challenge to the views of Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) and his notion of ‘being towards…

From  Simon Barnett on November 2nd, 2015 0 likes 16 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; Protestant vs Catholic Part 1 with Alan Ford

Professor Alan Ford examines the origins of sectarianism in Ireland seeing it as an interesting example of how religions relate to identity and how that can easily mutate into extremist and…

From  Simon Barnett on October 26th, 2015 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; Where are we in Liturgical Scholarship?

Monsignor Kevin McGinnell discusses with Professor Tom O’Loughlin two questions. First, what does it means to celebrate liturgy today; and second, how does the study of liturgy relate to other…

From  Simon Barnett on October 26th, 2015 0 likes 12 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; The significance of the Revised Common Lectionary

Monsignor Kevin McGinnell discusses with Professor Tom O’Loughlin one of the most remarkable, but least remarked upon, developments among Christian churches working together in recent decades:…

From  Simon Barnett on October 26th, 2015 0 likes 2 plays 0  

askatheologian; What are the Apocryphal Books?

Professor Tom O'Loughlin examines the various meanings of the word, 'apocrypha' in Christian discourse - and how it can never be used in a neutral sense.

From  Simon Barnett on October 26th, 2015 0 likes 6 plays 0  

askatheologian; What is the Agrapha?

Professor Tom O'Loughlin examines the various meanings of the word 'agrapha' in Christian discourse. Another video you want want to watch is; Why Study Jesus Christ with Roland Deines…

From  Simon Barnett on October 26th, 2015 0 likes 1 plays 0  

A - Z of Theology; B is for Blessing

Professor Tom O'Loughlin discusses the various meanings of the word 'blessing' in Christian discourse. #a2zoftheology Other videos that may be of interest to you include: Why Study…

From  Simon Barnett on October 26th, 2015 0 likes 2 plays 0  

A - Z of Theology; A is for Apostle

Prof. Tom O’Loughlin examines the various meanings of the word ‘apostle’ in Christian discourse. #a2zoftheology

From  Simon Barnett on October 26th, 2015 0 likes 2 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; Apocalypticism as the basis of sectarianism In Ireland

Professor Alan Ford discusses the origins of sectarianism in Ireland by linking it to the Reformation's self-understanding of being in an apocalyptic struggle with the Antichrist - understood as…

From  Simon Barnett on October 26th, 2015 0 likes 6 plays 0  

Why Study Women in the Anglo Saxon Church with Christina Lee

Dr Christina Lee, Associate Professor of Viking Studies in the School of English, looks at what we know about the role of women in the Anglo-Saxon church. Other similar videos you may wish to watch…

From  Simon Barnett on October 23rd, 2015 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; The Reims Statement of 2011

Monsignor Kevin McGinnell discusses with Professor Tom O’Loughlin the statement produced by a meeting of liturgists from across a wide spectrum of English-speaking churches knows as the Reims…

From  Simon Barnett on October 19th, 2015 0 likes 0 plays 0  

Why Study Philosphical Morranos with Agata Bielik-Robson

Agata Bielik-Robson, Professor of Jewish Studies, uses the term ‘philosophical Marranos’ of a group of moderns thinkers, such as Levinas and Derrida, whose common Judaism may be a key to…

From  Simon Barnett on October 19th, 2015 0 likes 11 plays 0  

Why Study Lurianic Kabbalah with Agata Beilik-Robson

Agata Bielik-Robson, Professor of Jewish Studies, looks at the tradition of speculation that can be traced by to Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534-72) – and especially the notion of 'tsimtsum'…

From  Simon Barnett on October 19th, 2015 0 likes 15 plays 0  

Why Study Schopenhauer and the World with Richard Bell

In the final video discussing Arthur Schopenhauer (1788- 1860), Professor Richard Bell starts this conversation by looking at Schopenhauer's main work "The World, as Will and…

From  Simon Barnett on October 19th, 2015 0 likes 10 plays 0  

Call for new treatments after first major study into rare, painful and disfiguring skin condition

Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) affects less than 400 people each year but it can be so severe in some cases it has led to amputation. The condition is so rare it is often misdiagnosed. The…

From  Lindsay Brooke on July 1st, 2015 0 likes 197 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; The Analogy of Being

In their latest conversation, Dr Simon Oliver and Professor John Milbank discuss the Analogy of Being. Starting with the works of Thomas Aquinas, the 13th Century theologian and the use of language…

From  Simon Barnett on March 31st, 2015 0 likes 13 plays 0  

Why Study Salvation History with Roland Deines

Professor Roland Deines looks at the notion of ‘salvation history’ (Heilsgeschichte) as a theme in theology that can be found throughout the bible. It is the notion that humanity stands…

From  Simon Barnett on February 13th, 2015 0 likes 43 plays 0  

Why Study Arthur Schopenhauer with Richard Bell

Prof. Richard Bell introduces the life and thought of Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860). The video gives an account of his epistemology – and how he was influenced by Kant – as a basis for…

From  Simon Barnett on February 13th, 2015 0 likes 8 plays 0  

Why Study Arius of Alexandria with Mary Cunningham

Dr Mary Cunningham explores what we know of Arius of Alexandria (d. 336) and his theology. Born in North Africa, he was a presbyter of the church of Alexandria and a very popular preacher. His…

From  Simon Barnett on February 13th, 2015 0 likes 7 plays 0  

#AskATheologian; What's in the name, Jesus Christ?

Professor Tom O’Loughlin looks at the name ‘Jesus Christ.’ Most people think this is just a forename-plus-surname and hence we speak of ‘what Christ said’ or the…

From  Simon Barnett on February 13th, 2015 0 likes 150 plays 0  

Why Study William Temple with Frances Knight

Dr Frances Knight introduces William Temple (1881-1944), Archbishop of Canterbury (1942-44) who has been described as the spiritual father of the Welfare State. A quintessential member of the…

From  Simon Barnett on January 28th, 2015 0 likes 3 plays 0  

Why Study Theology with William Kay

Professor William Kay, one of the world’s leading Pentecostal theologians, gives his vision of the importance of theology. It is concerned with ‘thinking logically about God’ and…

From  Simon Barnett on January 28th, 2015 0 likes 10 plays 0  

#askatheologian Why do we need chapters and verses?

Professor Tom O’Loughlin explains that the familiar chapters and verses – found in every printed bible – are to be viewed solely as a means of finding passages and particular…

From  Simon Barnett on January 27th, 2015 0 likes 9 plays 0  

Why Study the impact of Heresy with Claire Taylor

Dr Claire Taylor of the Dept of History, one of the scholars belonging to that department’s Heresy Network, introduces the notion of heresy, heretics and dissent as a phenomenon that historians…

From  Simon Barnett on January 13th, 2015 0 likes 27 plays 0  

Why Study the Eucharist in Methodism with David Monkton

Dr David Monkton looks at the place of the Eucharist in Methodism from the time the Wesley’s in the eighteenth century until. He does this by taking us through one of the eucharistic hymns of…

From  Simon Barnett on December 8th, 2014 0 likes 3 plays 0  

Objects of Belief; A Domestic Goddess

This statue – barely 170mm high – is of the goddess Tanit, an important deity, of the Phoenicians. It is over 2000 years old and reminds us of the domestic, private dimension of religion.…

From  Simon Barnett on October 21st, 2014 0 likes 2 plays 0  

Why Study the Eucharist in Contemporary Methodism with David Monkton

Dr David Monkton looks at how there has been a renewal of Eucharistic understanding in contemporary Methodism. This has come about from a variety of sources such as a rediscovery of Methodism’s…

From  Simon Barnett on October 21st, 2014 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Johannes Hoff – Rethinking Modernity with Nicholas of Cusa 2013 Bonaventure Lecture

Professor Johannes Hoff – from Heythrop College in London – gave the 2013 Bonaventure lecture and proposed the case that modern theology needs to radically re-examine its assumptions…

From  Simon Barnett on October 1st, 2014 0 likes 6 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; Love and Death with Philip Goodchild

In all human quests for understanding - be they religious, theological, philosophical, or literary - the intertwined themes of love and death keep returning to challenge us. It is an endless…

From  Simon Barnett on September 19th, 2014 0 likes 21 plays 0  

The Bonaventure Lecture 2014; The Roots of Catholicism delivered by Dr John McDade

Dr John McDade looks at what is meant by the terms ‘Catholicism’ and ‘the Catholic Church’ – and argues that one should see Christianity as ‘Reconfigured…

From  Simon Barnett on September 17th, 2014 0 likes 12 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; The Milad (The Prophet's Birthday)

Dr. Musharraf Hussein describes the annual celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, known as ‘the Milad.’ A time of joyful celebration, but also a time for recalling the life…

From  Simon Barnett on September 15th, 2014 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Objects of Belief; The Christian Lamp with Tom O'Loughlin

A small lamp was bought for a few pennies in Roman north Africa. Soon after it was first used, a fault in its manufacture led to its being discarded in a rubbish pit where it remained until uncovered…

From  Simon Barnett on September 12th, 2014 0 likes 36 plays 0  

What is a Gospel with Tom O'Loughlin

Many people, whether they are Christians or not, think they know what the gospels contain, the kind of documents they are, and their purpose. This seminar argues that these are more complex questions…

From  Simon Barnett on September 12th, 2014 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; Rogationtide with Alison Milbank

Rogationtide is the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Ascension Thursday: it was, and to some extent still is, a time when God’s blessing was asked upon the springtime and the work in the…

From  Simon Barnett on September 10th, 2014 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; Plough Sunday with Alison Milbank

In a world where we think of work as being a Monday to Friday affair, where food comes from a shop, and where ‘work’ and ‘religion’ belong in separate compartments, a festival…

From  Simon Barnett on September 10th, 2014 0 likes 6 plays 0  

Why Study Popular Religion in the Middle Ages with Rob Lutton

Dr Rob Lutton introduces an important aspect of contemporary historical studies: the study of religion as a force that shapes lives. Religion, like it or loathe it, has not disappeared from the human…

From  Simon Barnett on August 27th, 2014 0 likes 10 plays 0  

Why Study the Koine Greek Language with Peter Watts

All the documents of Christianity - such as those that are found in the collection known as 'the New Testament' - were written in the common Koine Greek language of the Mediterranean world.…

From  Simon Barnett on August 5th, 2014 0 likes 14 plays 0  

The Christian Spinoza with Dominic Erdozain

Dr Dominic Erdozain argues that when one studies the words of Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) in the context of the religious life of seventeenth century Amsterdam and the people with whom he was in…

From  Simon Barnett on July 3rd, 2014 0 likes 19 plays 0  

Why Study the Sunni and the Shi'a with Harith bin Ramli

Dr Harith bin Ramli explains the origins of the two main branches of Islam and how they have different views of the nature of Islam. Dr bin Ramli points out that while today, many think of these…

From  Simon Barnett on July 3rd, 2014 0 likes 20 plays 0  

Why Study Sufism with Harith bin Ramli

Dr Harith bin Ramli introduces a tradition of theology and religious practice that arose in the third century after the Prophet (circa 9th Century AD) which is known as Sufism. Sufism represents an…

From  Simon Barnett on July 3rd, 2014 0 likes 49 plays 0